Delightful Rajasthan Tour
13 Nights / 14 Days
Destination Covered : New Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, Jhansi, Khajuraho, Varanasi, Kathmandu, Khajuraho, Samode, Hawa Mahal, Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Khajuraho Temples, Javari Temple, Deer Park, Qutab Minar, Amber Fort, City Palace, Rashtrapati Bhavan, India Gate, Archaeological Museum
Tour Activities : Heritage
Tour Themes : Religious & Pilgrimage
New Delhi, Jaipur and Agra Tour Itinerary
Meeting and assistance on arrival at the airport and transfer to hotel THE PARK. Overnight at hotel.
Morning sightseeing of New Delhi, visit the 12th century Qutab Minar, gracefully hand-carved for its entire height of 234ft, and the iron pillar, which has withstood the ravages of time and not rusted even after 1500 years, the mausoleum of emperor Humayun, the imposing modern Lakshmi Narayan temple, Gandhi Smriti. Drive past India Gate (memorial to the Indian army soldiers who died in the World War I) the Rashtrapati Bhavan (formerly the viceroy's residence) and the Parliament House. Afternoon sightseeing of old Delhi, Drive past the Red Fort - a marvel in red sandstone, the Raj Ghat, - memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, the Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in India. Spend some time in Chandni Chowk to savour the ambience of an oriental, crowded bazaar. Overnight at hotel.
Morning drive to Jaipur en route visiting Samode.
The fort is an old fortified residence of the Nathawat family (hailing from chomu) that served as the Prime Ministers of the Jaipur Royal Court is located some 40km from Jaipur and 264 km from Delhi in the range of Aravali. The inside of the fort reflects expressions of the medieval architecture that is renovated a bit for the oriental formality. The open courtyards in the centre have separate wings on the sides that extend to 43 spacious rooms & suites having private balconies and views. The walls are in warm colors to highlight the intricate marble work, the antiques and the colorful art with traditional artifacts. The Durbar hall of Samode Palace is one of the most beautifully painted chambers with glass & minakari work and the same goes for the private restricted spaces- meant for the "zannanis", women of the family.On arrival check in to hotel GOLDEN TULIP.Evening witness and participate in an evening `aarti’ prayer ritual ceremony) at Birla Mandir.Overnight at hotel.
Morning visit of Amber Fort with Elephant ride. Amber is a classic, romantic Rajasthani Fort Palace. The rugged, time-ravaged walls of the Fort may not look beautiful from the outside, but the interior is a virtual paradise. Miniatures painted on the walls depict hunting and war scenes, apart from festivals. Precious stones and mirrors are embedded into the plaster. Inside the Fort visit the Jag Mandir or the Hall of Victory. Inside the Jag Mandir is the famed Sheesh Mahal - a room with all the four walls and ceiling completely embedded with glittering mirror pieces, which were specially imported from Belgium during that period. Enroute to Amber Fort, you will have a brief photography stop at Hawa Mahal - the Palace of Winds.
Afternoon city tour begins with a visit to the Maharaja's City Palace, the former Royal residence, part of it converted into a museum. A small portion is still used by the Royal family of Jaipur. Built in the style of a fortified campus, the palace covers almost one-seventh in area of the city. One of the major attractions in the museum is the portion known as Armoury Museum housing an impressive array of weaponry-pistols, blunderbusses, flintlocks, swords, rifles and daggers. The royal families of Jaipur once used most of these weapons. Later visit the Jantar Mantar, which is the largest stone and marble crafted observatory in the world. Situated near the gate of the city palace, the observatory has 17 large instruments, many of them still in working condition. Overnight at hotel.
Morning drive to Agra enroute visiting Fatehpursikri.
Located 40 Km from Agra, the deserted city of Fatehpursikri was built by Emperor Akbar in 1569, in honor of the great Saint Sheikh Salim Chisti who blessed Akbar and prophesized the birth of three sons to the heirless Emperor. Akbar used Fatehpursikri as his capital and the city was fully occupied for 14 years but slowly became deserted and ruined after Akbar left the city. Scarcity of water was the prime factor for the abandonment of this beautiful city. Visit the remarkably well-preserved, graceful buildings within the 'Ghost City' including the Jama Masjid, tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal Palace and other palaces that speak of the grandeur and splendor of the Mughal empire at the height of its power.
After visit continue drive to Agra. On arrival check in to hotel JAYPEE PALACE.Afternoon visit Taj Mahal. Visit the world famous Taj Mahal built by Shah Jahan in 1560 in memory of his queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. This architectural marvel is a perfectly proportioned masterpiece fashioned from white marble that stands testimony to the skill of 20,000 craftsmen brought together from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy and who took 17 years to complete this 'Love Poem in Marble'. (Friday closed).Later visit the Agra fort containing the halls private and public audiences and other palaces. Shah Jahan spent years of confinement at the hands of his son Aurangzeb, looking wistfully at the Taj Mahal from the Fort. Overnight at hotel.
Morning transfer to railway station to connect Shatabdi Express for Jhansi.
Depart: Agra at 0815 hrs by Shatabdi Express
Arrive: Jhansi at 1050 hrs
On arrival drive to Khajuraho enroute visiting Orchha.
Orchha's grandeur has been captured in stone, frozen in time, a rich legacy of the ages. For this medieval city, the hand of time has rested and the palaces and the temples built by its Bundela rulers in the 16th and 17th century retain much of their pristine perfection. Jehangir Mahal,a tiered palace crowned by graceful Chhatries, commands a spectacular view of soaring temple-spires and cenotaphs. After visit drive to Khajuraho. On arrival check in to hotel RAMADA.Overnight at hotel.
Morning sightseeing of eastern and western group of temples. Visit the Western Group of temples, the most important temple being the Kandariya Mahadeo Temple-dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is one of the largest and most typical of the Khajuraho temples. Visit the Chaunsat Yogini Jain Temple -dedicated to the 64 "Yoginis" or attendants of Goddess Kali. This temple stands apart from the rest. Also seethe Chitragupta or Bharatji Temple with a lovely sculpture of Lord Vishnu in his 11-headed form. The sculptures that adorn the temples, carved in stone depict gods, goddesses and amorous couples. Later visit the Eastern Group of temples including the Ghantai Temple, Vamana Temple dedicated to the "Vamana" or dwarf incarnation of Lord Vishnu and the Javari Temple. There are also three Jain Temples with beautiful carvings and non-erotic sculptures. Although these are Jain temples, they also contain numerous Vaishnav deities.Overnight at hotel.
In time assisted departure transfer to the airport to connect the flight 9W 724 (1325 - 1415 hrs) for Varanasi.
Depart: Khajuraho at 1325 hrs by 9W 724
Arrive: Varanasi at 1415 hrs
Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel RAMADA.
Evening tour to downtown area in a rickshaw. Experience Varanasi intimately when you go on a leisurely rickshaw, ride through the narrow streets and alleys of Varanasi. In the evening the Ghats and temples are lit with oil-lamp lights or candles. Participate in an Aarti Ceremony (collective prayer) and watch the floating Diyas (lamps) on the river Ganges. Overnight at hotel.
Early morning boat cruise on river Ganges The western banks of Ganges has a string of Ghats - the chain of stone steps, all built with pavilions, palaces and terraces, most of which are mainly used as Dharamsalas where the pilgrims stay during their visit to the holy city. At dawn, the Ghats are abuzz with activity of the devotees performing their ablutions in the river or offering prayers to the rising sun and performing other religious rituals. A boat ride along the Ghats gives you vantage views of this activity. The sunrise on the Ganges is a soul-lifting experience.
Later tour to Sarnath, 10-Kms away from Varanasi is the fabled place, which bears testimony to its great past where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon to his disciples, expounding the principles of Buddhism. The remains date back to as far as the3rd-Century BC when Emperor Ashoka founded various institutions, stupas, monasteries and pillar Edicts. Visit the art collection at the Archaeological Museum. The main attraction is the superb Capital from Ashokan Pill r - the Ashokan symbol of four back-to-back Lions which has been adopted as the state symbol Independent India. Also visit the Mahabodhi'Buddha temple and walk around the Deer Park. Later see the Monastery ruins area, Dhameka Stupa. Overnight at hotel.
In time transfer to the airport to connect flight 9W724 (1455 - 1620 hrs) for Delhi & transfer to departure terminal to board on flight 9W264 (2025 - 2210 hrs) to Kathmandu.
Depart: Varanasi at 1455 hrs by 9W724
Arrive: Delhi at 1620 hrs
Depart: Delhi at 2025 hrs by 9W264
Arrive: Kathmandu at 2210 hrs
Meeting, assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel SHANGRI-LA Overnight at hotel.
Morning sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city and Swayambhunath. Visit residential quarter, Mahadev and Parvati Temple, Machhender Bahl-holy place for the Buddhists and Hindus, Temple House of Kmari, the vestal virgin or the living goddess. Visit Swayambhunath, a 2500-year old site where, it is believed, the Radiant Lotus of the valley-mythology, settled when the water was drained by Manjushri, the god of Wisdom.
The 5 Dhyani Buddha's attended by their consorts are enshrined at the base of the stupa.Afternoon Sightseeing tours to city of fine arts Patan and handicraft center. Overnight at hotel.
Morning excursion to Bhadgaon, Bodhnath and Pashupatinath. Bhadgaon - another Newar city founded in the 9th century. Visit the ancient Gateway, Durbar Square the Royal Residential Quarter of Bhupendra Malla, the famous five-storeyed temple of Nytapole in pagoda-style and other temples. Later, visit Bodhnath, the 2500-year old Buddhist Stupa, - a holy place for Buddhist pilgrims from Tibet. Also visit Pashupatinath where Shiva is worshipped in the form of lingam. (Only Hindus are allowed inside). In the month of February an annual pilgrimage on the occasion of Shivaratri is organized here every year.Overnight at hotel.
Morning at leisure. In time transfer to the airport to connect flight 9W 261 (1545 - 1715 hrs) for Delhi.
Depart: Kathmandu at 1540 hrs by 9W 261
Arrive: Delhi at 1735 hrs
On arrival, meeting and assistance and transfer to hotel THE PARK.
Overnight at hotel.
Morning at leisure. Noon check out from hotel.In time departure transfer to the airport to connect flight for onwards destination.(No accommodation envisaged in Delhi on this day).
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